Epping Forest youth clubs were awarded an amazing £4,500 at the Jack Petchey Crystal Awards.
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The Jack Petchey Crystal Awards at City Hall, London on Friday 2 October 2015 mark the 15th anniversary of the Jack Petchey Foundation and the milestone of having invested £100m to youth projects in London and Essex. In a special gesture to mark the occasion £225,000 of grant awards will be given on the night to 150 youth groups specially selected for their outstanding work.
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Matthew Tinker DMYP, Epping Forest Youth Councillor said: “Going up to London’s City Hall and collecting the £1,500 grant on behalf of the youth council was a real privilege! The fact that the youth council is still receiving recognition for the work we are doing is very rewarding – it really tells us that we are doing a good job at representing our 12,000 young persons electorate.”
“The Jack Petchey Foundation has really supported us over the years, I would like to thank them for being so generous and allowing us to complete our projects to their full potential. Mr Jack Petchey himself is a real inspiration for us young people – his generosity is overwhelming! Happy 15th birthday Jack Petchey Foundation!!”
Di Butler, Young Persons Officer said: “It was a big surprise to receive the award and grant for £1500, as it came out of the blue. It was also special that the Jack Petchey team recognised the work of the EFYC and have rewarded us for doing a great job.”
“The timing was really good too as we are organising a Youth Engagement Day on the 9th October and the grant will cover the costs of the event. We are expecting over 100 young people and their teachers so we have made it even more exciting with the Jack Petchey money.”
Jack Petchey Foundation
The Jack Petchey Foundation is not only a grant funder, it also initiates and delivers many youth programmes to ensure that young people can find their unique talent and make a positive contribution to society including the world’s largest public speaking competition for young people, Speak Out.
At a time when many youth services are being cut the Foundation provides over 2000 organisations with the means to recognise young people’s accomplishments through membership of the Achievement Award scheme. This in turn invests almost £3m per year in grass roots youth work.
The founder, Jack Petchey left school aged 13 with no qualifications yet went on to become a multi-millionaire. His driving ambition has been to inspire and motivate young people and give them positive encouragement to achieve.
Share our vision
Jack Petchey CBE said: “I am proud of all the programmes we’ve been involved in and every single young person who has participated. We aim to help young people believe that ‘If I think I can, I can’, so that whatever their background, they will achieve, they will make positive contributions to society, and they will be satisfied in their lives. I am so committed to this that aged 90 I still come to the office every day. It is why we have given £100m to realise this.
The Crystal Awards recognise some of the amazing organisations that support young people and share our vision.”
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said: “As Mayor of London I have seen that the work of the Jack Petchey Foundation is inspirational and really motivates the young people of London and Essex to achieve!”
Happy 15th Anniversary Celebrations
Dame Helen Mirren said “I am so proud to be a Patron of the Jack Petchey Foundation. It truly is inspirational to see so many young lives transformed as they come to believe in themselves and in what they can achieve. Happy 15th Anniversary Celebrations.”